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One needs to understand that there are differences across languages in order to take an emic approach, quotes sapir: the philosopher needs to understand (9) Differences manifest because we can only categorize things based on our own lexicon. (10) Though emotions might be universal, one language might be more equipped to express specific emotions and the processes that led to those emotions. German, for example, has a word that means “feeling embarrassed for someone who has made a fool of himself,” while English does not. Cultural insight gained by examining vocabulary. What is elaborated in lexicon is important in culture. To illustrate this, the classical example of Eskimo words for snow is examined. Though Eskimo languages do not have nearly as many words for “snow” as purported by the layman (figures up to 400 have been spotted) there is enough of an elaboration to show that snow plays a huge part in Eskimos’ subsistence and culture. Frequency of use also important Russian lexicon seems to indicate the tendency to make value judgments Author uses key words to perform cultural analysis, rejecting the claim that cultural analysis should be holistic. Rather, key words can shed light on large parts of culture. Finding key words isn’t just a matter of examining lexicon to show what is culturally important, key words also open the door to new facets of culture that reveals “attitudes, values, and expectations” (17) Culture is: system of inherited conceptions expressed in symbolic forms…21. Talk about culture in terms of Edward t. hall Culture cannot be taught, but languages can because they have a backbone that is basic rules In order to study language in its cultural context, we need a tool to use. Though many
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